Since the official launch of the Tour De France there have been many gossips and rumours. It is being aid that this time the Tour will be a one to test the four riders that have always stood out in the grand Tours. These riders namely are Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali, Nairo Quintana and Albert Contador. The Tour is set to have a classic opening like always and shall be accompanied with finishes that are tricky.
Utrecht which is well known for its crosswinds will be the prologue stage. It shall be followed by a very difficult and flat road stage opening in the North Sea Coast of Holland’s manmade island of Neeltje Jans. Considering the hotel bookings, the contacts with local organizers and authorities and using local press the famous Dutch blogger thomas Vergouwen has accurately predicted each year the route of the race and so has he this time. Mur De Huy is going to be the finishing for stage three and the culmination of the spring classic that is a sharp climb. Stage four is unlikely to have any cobbled sectors and shall start from the suburbs of Liege to the northern French town of Cambrai.
The tour shall witness some tough and neck-to-neck competition among all the competent riders. Many of the riders who were not successful previously are already waiting in anticipation. Mur De Bretagne which is a short but tough climb in Brittany has been proposed to be the stage eight of the tour. There will be a series of stages that will be held in the northern coast of France. Cadel Evans has been the winner of the stage previously. The scenario that comes forth at once is that the coming year’s race shall not be a cake walk for the champion of 2013.
A long standard set by Oliver Duggan was the ride of 217 miles to London from Manchester is no mean task. The itching started after covering 70 miles and then again after 150 miles. The itch eventually results into pain after undergoing into an ache.
Every joint and muscle in his body would pain with hurt in the eyes and hands.
Sometimes the soar of the saddle became intolerable. The question that arises is what the need of travelling 217 miles all alone was. It is as simple as it can get for a noble cause! In the beginning of the September the event entitled Challenge of Manchester to London began. To raise money for the patients of autism 137 riders were incorporated to ride from the second city of UK to the capital. It was started by Rapha. The father of the CEO has a son who is autistic.
In the north of London for a school of autistic children, donation of euro 100,000 was pulled in. It is event like this which enables even amateurs to try and push their limit. For Duggan it was more of a motivation personally. He was an obese boy who weighed 100 kg at the age of 20. He fought many battles to overcome the obesity. His weight drastically fell as the baggage of his psychology fell.
Energy preservation is the most vital element which is associated with cycling and for those who want to go long distances. It is certain that the energy depletes fast. If the scenery is good with lush green countryside and mountains then the ride becomes smooth. The ride is also associated with psychology. Moreover, the bike and the cycle have to be in good condition. Enduring the ride wins half the battle with perseverance.
More than a 100 cyclists rode around King’s Cross gyratory to protest against the new road layout designs that do not protect the safety of the cyclers much. Two cyclists had died in the cycle lanes that are not present at the junction of five motor lanes through which even construction Lorries and buses pass.
According to a London Cycling Campaign spokesperson, the transport in London will fade the gyratory away in the next 10 years. In many places of TFL’s design of the roads, many motor traffic lanes have been turned into protected cycle lanes but at the junctions of roads, they disappear altogether. In some places the cyclists have to take a detour by getting on to the pavement.
Gyrators were built in 60s or 70s to make lots of traffic to move without the use of traffic lights and also avoid accidents. But with the presence of busses and pedestrians, it becomes a futile design.
Andrews Smith, a protester who travels 50km by bike every day says that the road designs are not good for cyclists. He says that on this road to work there has been four accidents since the start of the year. According to him the design made by TFL is absolutely inadequate.
A biomedical lab assistant Helen Clarkson had read James Grower’s speech and she said that she also travels across London every day but she avoids King’s Cross although it makes her trip short because she prefers quieter streets with narrow and segregated lanes for cycles.
The director of Road Space Management at Transport for London (TFL) Alan Bristow said that to provide the cyclists with improved safety, they will begin construction at King’s Cross later on this year which are going to take about six months to be completed.
Andy Schleck calls himself a fighter and vows to get back to his best form before Saturday’s Grand Depart in Leeds.
The last two years has seen a huge fall of the two Schleck brothers has become a major mystery for the world to witness. For some reason it seems that schlock has been ripped of his luck and has been doing quite badly in the last few years with a best example to cite would be to remember when he came on the 20th place while finishing in the Grand Boucle last year. Even earlier this year he started but failed to finish all the three Ardennes Classics.
With reference to his stooping level of tenacity he has been denied the leadership in this year’s tour with his Trek team instead charging him with assisting his brother frank, who is the new leader and the veteral Spaniard Haimar Zubeldia in mountains. To this Andy insists at his personal determination being intact with his belief that he still has a name and he possesses good capacity and good legs. He continued saying that he goes to the tours with lesser ambitions nowadays while focussing his first objective at helping Frank and Haimar in the climbs. With his hope firm on the Tour de France which he believes would open a pool of opportunities for him to reach the podium once again winning millions of hearts. The last two years have been tough for him and he has worked truly hard to reach it to the place where he has reached presently. Though its a long way to come back and a huge step needs to be taken, but Andy is surely ready for that.
He surely is extremely excited about the Tour de France and it is realistic for him to reach the place where he used to be. It would be tough and not easy but only to prove him to be a fighter.